AUBURN, Alabama — Kristi Malzahn has been through the ups and downs as a coach’s wife.
She’s been by Auburn coach Gus Malzahn‘s side since she married him at the age of 19 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. They’ve gone from small town Hughes, Arkansas to the big time in the Southeastern Conference along the way. Malzahn has won state championships, conference titles and even a national championship in 2010 as a coordinator at Auburn.
Through all of that, her advice to wives married to coaches across the country?
“Find her identity,” Kristi Malzahn told Auburn’s athletics website. “Know who she is. And understand that her identity is not wrapped up in what he does, or what people say about what he does. Because that’s going to change on an hour to hour basis.
“Staying secure in who and what you are, regardless of the outside noise, whether it be positive or negative,” she says. “Because some of the hardest to stay straight with yourself on, is the positive. When they start telling you how great you are, it’s really harder to keep perspective, and not get caught up in that. So that when the negative day comes, it’s a bigger fall.”
Auburn is coming off a 7-6 season two years after Gus Malzahn led the Tigers to an SEC title and an appearance in the BCS National Championship in his first season as the head coach. The Malzahns have seen the good and bad times in the span of only three years on the Plains.
Kristi Malzahn has not agreed to interviews with reporters since her husband’s hiring as Auburn’s head coach. Read the full story on Kristi Malzahn’s role as the “team mom” on Auburn’s website.